Gateway to Graduation

The Gateway to Graduation Program is a faculty-led effort to improve student learning and retention in courses with high enrollments of first-year students.


The Gateway to Graduation program offers professional development opportunities while also co-sponsoring events with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the School of Medicine's Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs. Many of these opportunities are geared specifically toward faculty who either oversee the Gateway course or teach freshmen-level courses. Note that these events count toward the bronze, silver, and gold badges with the Teaching Academy.

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Teaching a new course (or one you've taught for a while) is a challenge in and of itself. Figuring out policies, services, and accessing helpful resources is sometimes just something that gets put aside. For example, have you ever thought, "I'd sure like to know the places to eat on campus but where do I go to figure that out?" Or, "I know that I should read up on policies that affect students, but I don't know where to begin." Hopefully this space takes care of some of those where do I go, where do I begin questions!

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The Gateway course coordinator plays an integral role in the success of IUPUI&'s first-year students. The Gateway to Graduation program works with courses that have high enrollments of first-time, full-time freshmen. IUPUI currently has 58 Gateway courses. In almost all cases, Gateway courses are our students' first experiences here at the university.

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The Gateway Teaching Academy aims to recognize faculty for their efforts in teaching, professional development endeavors and university commitment. Gateway faculty can earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold status as a member of the Gateway Teaching Academy. These badge levels should be completed in order and once achieved may be submitted as part of your annual report or for advancement in rank, including Senior Associate Faculty.

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of Practice

The Faculty Community of Practice (CoP) program adapts collaborative learning strategies to enhance faculty development and promote improved student learning. Community members meet on a regular basis to develop scholarly projects and best practices around an issue particular to first year students and the Gateway to Graduation program. The community is an opportunity to establish and develop interdisciplinary faculty support networks and to serve as knowledge incubators for scholarly research.

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Contact the Gateway Director, Kate Thedwall, by email or (317) 278-6480